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Friends of The Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation is excited to announce the addition of the Friends of the Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund to our growing family of funds. The Friends of the […]

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Kipnuk Falcons and Newtok Jaegers champions at Coastal Conference tournament

by K.J. Lincoln The Kipnuk Falcon boys and the Newtok Lady Jaegers will be returning to represent the Coastal Conference at the upcoming State 1A Basketball Tournament. Winning two years in a row, the Falcons, […]

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YK Delta Women in Philanthropy announces funding availability

by BCSF Staff The YK Delta Women in Philanthropy giving circle announces $8,810 in funds available for our 2019 local or regional grant. The focus area for proposals in 2018 is youth services. Members encourage […]

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Hooper Bay wins Alaska Youth Voter Turnout Challenge

by First Alaskans Staff First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Alaska Native non-profit organization, is proud to announce the winners of our Alaska Youth Voter Turnout Challenge. This challenge created a civic engagement opportunity for […]

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Senate District S Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, Here we are at the end of week six. The Senate Finance Committee continues to review Governor Dunleavy’s amended FY20 Operating Budget. The committee heard a general overview from […]

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Letter of Agreement between BPD and AST Drug Enforcement Unit on council’s agenda

A letter of agreement between the City of Bethel Police Department and the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit to formalize the working agreement between the Bethel PD and the […]

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ASAA names Hanson to Alaska High School Hall of Fame

The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) announces the Class of 2019 of the Alaska High School Hall of Fame. Named to the Class of 2019 is Bethel’s Randy Hanson. Randy Hanson is a 2010 graduate […]

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Bethel’s SAR canine wins Best in Show

by K.J. Lincoln D.O.G., a St. Bernard, is this year’s Best in Show winner at the 2019 Bethel Dog Show. D.O.G. works as a search and rescue dog and is owned and trained by Jim […]

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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello, The Legislature is in week four of this session. This week, the Senate Finance Committee continues overviews of various programs, including State Debt and Credit Ratings from the Department of […]

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Kuskokwim Tribes Fight Donlin Mine Permits

Today (Feb. 7th, 2019) a consortium of tribal governments from the Kuskokwim region led by Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) has filed an appeal of two permits recently issued by the State of Alaska to Donlin […]

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Bethel Council approves purchase agreement for 6 new water trucks

The City of Bethel Council voted to authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute a purchase agreement to buy six new water trucks. Back on December 11th, 2018, the city council voted to approve […]

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District 38 Update

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky Dear friends, We are in the third week of the 2019 Legislative Session. This week the Governor released his Supplemental Budget. Of significant concern to our rural district are Governor Dunleavy’s […]

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Which is Worse? Alcohol or Marijuana?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Questions: I have hearing a lot about marijuana with the possibility of a shop opening in Bethel. I keep hearing that marijuana is a lot better for a person than alcohol. […]

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District 38 Update

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky Proudly serving: Akiachak, Akiak, Aniak, Atmautluak, Bethel, Chefornak, Chuathbaluk, Crooked Creek, Eek, Goodnews Bay, Kasigluk, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Kwethluk, Lower Kalskag, Marshall, Mekoryuk, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Newtok, Nightmute, Nunapitchuk, Oscarville, Platinum, Quinhagak, […]

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YK Delta Lifesavers receive a Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

by BCSF Staff While Bethel residents were enjoying their holiday treats from the Christmas Cookie Extravaganza fundraiser hosted last month by the YK Delta Lifesavers, the CEO of the largest health-focused foundation in the nation […]

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Failor of Willow wins first K300 title

by Tommy Wells Matthew Failor did what every musher dreams to accomplish. He won the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race and set a new record. It was a close race. Failor, backed by the speed […]

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Kuskokwim Ice Classic announces deadline for application process

by BCSF Staff The Kuskokwim Ice Classic is involving local groups across the YK Delta region in selling Ice Classic tickets again this year. The application period is open now for groups to apply. The […]

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Rise

The conditions look favorable for tonight’s Super Blood Wolf Moon. The moon rises above Tundra Ridge like a wavering cloud at  5:08pm as the ravens fly back to their roosting places for the night.

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Matthew Failor Wins K-300

Matthew Failor is the K-300’s newest champion. Failor, age 36, is from Willow, Alaska where he runs his kennel 17th-Dog. He is originally from Ohio where he grew up with his three brothers – they […]

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Alaska’s population declines in 2018 Migration losses caused a second year of population decline

Alaska’s population decreased by 1,608 people—0.2 percent—from July 2017 to July 2018, based on population estimates released today by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This was the second year of decline for […]

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Point in Time survey and Project Homeless Connect

The Bethel Housing Coalition is organizing a community wide data collection effort for the nationwide Point-in-Time (PIT) Count on January 23rd. The Point-in-Time Count is an annual effort to get a snapshot of homelessness in […]

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2018 #BethelGives Campaign

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Staff The #BethelGives coalition and Bethel Community Services Foundation are excited to announce that the third #BethelGives campaign raised more than $42,000. The campaign, which ended in December 2018, included […]

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Bethel Family Gives…and Gets…and Gives Back with the 2019 Give + Get Drawing

by BCSF Staff The Iversons have a family tradition of giving a portion of each of their annual PDF checks to YK Delta organizations through the statewide Pick.Click.Give. campaign. Longtime residents of Bethel and active […]

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21 mushers sign up for 2019 K300

As of January 2nd, 2019, the Kuskokwim 300 has 21 mushers officially signed up for the 2019 race! The Kuskokwim 300 race weekend begins on Friday, January 18th, 2019. 2019 K300 Mushers Matthew Failor Joar […]

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Code of Conduct resolution postponed

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel City Council voted to postpone action on Resolution 18-20, the Code of Conduct resolution for members of council during their December 11th, 2018 regular meeting. The issue was postponed to […]

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Visiting 12 Western Communities was one of the Year’s Greatest Blessings

by Senator Dan Sullivan  This past year has brought many blessings. Working closely with so many Alaskans, we’ve had some great legislative successes in Washington, D.C. for rural Alaska—the soul of our state. To name […]

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For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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Trust Land Office signs agreement with Donlin Gold LLC

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has finalized its first conservation agreement involving Trust land. The Trust Land Office (TLO), which manages the Trust’s one million acres of land, has signed an agreement with Donlin […]

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Calista Corporation announces 11th Annual Elders’ Benefit Distribution

by Thom Leonard Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation’s Board of Directors approved the 2018 Elders’ Benefit Distribution. Original Shareholders who are at least 65 years old as of November 13 will receive $325 each. The distribution date […]

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25th Lifesaver Christmas Cookie Extravaganza raises $3,294

by Beverly Hoffman The 25th annual 2018 Christmas Cookie Extravaganza was one of the most successful ever. 52 Bethel Bakers donated over 250 pounds of cookies for the event. A lively group of enthusiastic buyers […]

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Dog mushing season begins -John George of Akiachak wins race

John George of Akiachak is the winner of the Season Opener dog mushing race. George won with a time of 2:16:16. In second place was Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak. His time was 2:17:19. Placing […]

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For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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Thomas Paul Oscar Sr. – Cakayak Nov. 2, 1940 – Dec. 2, 2018

We are all under the care of Ellarpiim Yua, who sees all and knows all. Cakayak grew up in the traditional village of Tununak, preceded by his parents “Papangluaq” Joseph Oscar Sr. and “Unangik” Jane […]

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25th Christmas Cookie Extravaganza December 16

by Bev Hoffman The 25th annual YK Lifesaver Christmas Cookie Extravaganza will be Sunday, December 16th at 2pm at the YK Fitness Center. Don’t miss this wonderful event! Cookies disappear quickly. Over the years Bethel […]

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City Council to consider Code of Conduct resolution

The Bethel City Council has a resolution on their upcoming agenda that calls for them to consider whether or not to adopt a proposed Code of Conduct for members of the council. The item is […]

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LKSD Robotics teams go Into Orbit

by K.J. Lincoln Robotics teams from the Lower Kuskokwim School District broke out of their earthly constraints with this year’s First Lego League Robotics Challenge: Into Orbit. 10 teams accepted the challenge and joined in […]

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Derina Harvery Band rocks Bethel

December 6th was a night for rocking Celtic music with a band from east coast of Canada that has deep Irish roots. Derina Harvey leads the Celtic Rock sensation, the Derina Harvey Band (dHb), recent […]

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City authorizes transfer of fire engine to local tribe

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel City Council authorized the transfer of ownership of fire engine, Engine-28, to the Native Village of Napaimute honoring the request of the tribal organization. Council voted to adopt Action Memorandum […]

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Election volunteer Guinn honored by City Council

The Bethel City Council recognized and honored Margaret “Tootsie” Guinn for her 40 years of service as an election official during last Tuesday’s regular meeting, and commended her for her grace, professionalism, and dedication. “It […]

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Akiuk competes at Mixed Six state tournament

by Tommy Wells The Akiuk Grizzlies are bringing home to the YK Delta the 2018 State Mixed 6 Sportsmanship Award. Akiuk was among the 12 teams from through the state that competed in the Mixed […]

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Cigarette excise tax to be adjusted January 1st

Effective January 1st, 2019, the excise tax on cigarettes will be 0.1037 mills, or $0.103.7 per cigarette, $2.07 per pack (rounded), and $20.70 per carton. This annual adjustment to the cigarette tax rate is based […]

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Bethel Winter House to open for sixth season on Dec. 1st

The Bethel Winter House, a shelter for those needing a warm place to sleep at night, will be opening its doors on December 1st, 2018 for its sixth season of service. The Bethel Evangelical Covenant […]

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Derina Harvey Band to perform in Bethel

Kicking off their Alaska Tour, Bethel Council on the Arts presents the Derina Harvey Band live in Bethel 7 pm Thursday, December 6 at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center. Bethel’s own Paul Basile, previously of […]

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City of Bethel Priorities for FY2020 State of AK Capital Budget

by K.J. Lincoln Water and sewer improvements for the avenues, the Bethel Heights Water Loop A, dust control measures, and the city hall roof were approved and passed by the Bethel City Council to be […]

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2018 #BethelGives Campaign

by Bethel Community Services Foundation The #BethelGives season is already underway, but some of the most exciting activities are happening in the next few days! You can find volunteers at Saturday Market between 10 a.m. […]

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LKSDs Eisen recognized with rural water system award

The Alaska Rural Water Association held its 20th Annual Training Conference from October 29 – November 1 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage. A highlight of this event is the recognition of rural water […]

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BSAR River Report: “Swiss Cheese”

by Bethel Search & Rescue 11.15.18: WARNING—DANGER! Summary: Another late, drawn out freeze up is occurring along the Kuskokwim River during a time when People used to be busy everywhere out on the ice manaqing […]

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LKSD Sr. High Speech Contest

by Sharon Wagner The LKSD Sr. High Speech contest was held in Bethel November 7 – 8, 2018. There were 55 students from 13 schools that participated: Akiuk, Akula, BRHS, Chefornak. Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Mekoryuk, Napaskiak, […]

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Bethel Family Clinic receives honorable mention award

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the Alaska Primary Care Awards. Eleven facilities, including the Bethel Family Clinic, received the Alaska Primary Care Quality Honorable Mention Award. The awards were […]

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Calista Corporation announces MyCalista Contest Winners

by Thom Aparuk Leonard Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation announces the winners of MyCalista & More Contest #2. The single grand prize is $2,000 and there are seven second prizes who will each receive a 9.7” iPad. […]

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2018 #BethelGives Campaign

by the Bethel Community Services Foundation Bethel Community Services Foundation announces the beginning of the 2018 #BethelGives Campaign, sponsored by Bethel Community Services Foundation and eleven local nonprofit organizations. The aim of #BethelGives is to […]

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City of Bethel awards community action grants to local organizations

The Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club and the Delta Illusion Dance Company are the beneficiaries of the most recent funding round of the City of Bethel Community Action Grant (CAG). The Bethel City Council approved Action […]

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LifeMed Alaska celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

LifeMed Alaska, an Alaska-based ground and air ambulance service with base locations in Anchorage, Bethel, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer and Soldotna, announced it will reach the milestone of 10 Years of service in Alaska […]

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First Alaska aircraft mechanic school in 20 years opens in Bethel

by Jeremy Osborne Through the help and support of its partner organizations, Yuut Elitnaurviat is proud to announce the certification of the Yuut Elitnaurviat Regional Aircraft Maintenance School. Located in Bethel, Alaska, this is the […]

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Bethel Warrior Volleyball team places 3rd at Regionals

The Bethel Lady Warriors took 3rd place after a long weekend of varsity volleyball. The Western Conference 3A volleyball tournament was hosted by the Nome Nanooks, October 26-27, 2018. Taking first was the host team […]

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Ravn’s network expansion to McGrath begins

Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s largest regional airline, today (Oct. 15th, 2018) announced the launch of its nonstop service to McGrath. Beginning October 15, 2018, Ravn’s network expansion to McGrath kicked off with Ravn operating […]

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Calista Corporation welcomes 3,100 new shareholders, Declares Akilista Dividend

by Thom Aparuk Leonard Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation’s Board of Directors approved the 2018 Akilista (aw-KE-lis-ta) dividend. At $2.61 million this year, it’s the largest Akilista dividend in Calista’s history. Calista staff will soon issue shares […]

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Bethel PD calls for service for September

The City of Bethel Police Department received 1,331 calls for service in the month of September 2018. This is similar to the number of calls in August, says a report from the Bethel PD, but […]

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Calista makes candidate endorsements with a focus on YK Region

by Thom Aparuk Leonard Calista Public Advocacy and Engagement Committee endorses candidates with a primary focus on developing businesses and infrastructure in the Yukon Kuskokwim Region. The non-partisan Calista Public Advocacy and Engagement Committee (PAEC) […]

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Warriors open ’18 season with wins at home

by Tommy Wells The Bethel Regional High School wrestling team flexed plenty of muscle – and talent – this past weekend at their season-opening Bethel Scramble meet. The BRHS grapplers powered their way to wins […]

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City council votes no to NRA sales tax exemption request

The City of Bethel received an application for a Special Event Sales Tax Exemption from the NRA Foundation, Inc. of Fairfax, Virginia dated June 8th, 2018 for its annual fundraising dinner event. The event is […]

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Bethel City Election Results

The City of Bethel election results are in and are scheduled to be adopted by the City Council during their October 9th, 2018 regular meeting. Receiving the most votes was incumbent Vice Mayor Fred Watson […]

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BFK9s seeks to lease city land

The Bethel Friends of Canines is seeking to lease a parcel of land next to the dog pound, says a proposed ordinance that is up for introduction at the October 9th regular city council meeting. […]

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Court approves Ravn Air Group owners to purchase PenAir assets

J.F. Lehman & Company’s successful bid for PenAir’s assets was today (Oct. 5th, 2018) approved by the court overseeing PenAir’s bankruptcy proceedings. As the owner of Ravn Air Group, J.F. Lehman & Co.’s acquisition of […]

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Smokefree Alaska Law goes into effect October 1

Law protects over 300,000 Alaskans who couldn’t be protected by local ordinance. Back in 1998, Bethel became the first Alaskan community to pass a smokefree ordinance. Ordinance 98-07 passed unanimously and was enacted into the […]

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2018 City Council Candidates

by K.J. Lincoln The City of Bethel will hold a Regular Election Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 for the purpose of electing candidates to the City Council and voting on Proposition 1. This year we have […]

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Bethel Fair showcases cultivations, creations

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel Fair featured the first class of Bethel’s homemade creations, arts and crafts, photography, gardening, sewing, delicious pies, and stunning jams and jellies. Winning the People’s Choice Award out of 124 […]

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Zone 1 Moose Hunt RM615 Lower Kuskokwim portion of Unit 18 closed

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces an Emergency Order closure of the resident moose season in Zone 1 of the RM615 Kuskokwim moose hunt. The State resident season for bull moose by registration […]

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Handicap ramps off limits to smokers says proposed ordinance

Smokers in Bethel often utilize the handicap access ramps on public buildings as a convenient spot to smoke, forcing individuals with a need for the ramp to have to inhale second-hand smoke. Now an ordinance […]

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City amends laws regarding minors consuming alcohol

Back in 2014, the City of Bethel adopted all minor offenses in the State of Alaska as they currently existed. However, the ordinance exempted one specific minor offense – Minor Consuming Alcohol. The City of […]

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City law amended to add a provision for use tax on alcoholic beverages

The City of Bethel Council passed an ordinance that would amend the Bethel Municipal Code (BMC) regarding sales taxes, adding a provision for a use tax on alcoholic beverages. The details of Ordinance 18-15 are […]

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Blackhawk takes employers on “Boss Lift” tour

by K.J. Lincoln Did you hear or see a Blackhawk helicopter fly over your lower Kuskokwim area village last Tuesday morning? If yes, you heard and/or saw right. It is true, a Blackhawk full of […]

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Six candidates sign up for City Council election

There are six candidates for the upcoming October 2nd, 2018 city council election and there are four seats set to open. Candidates are: Fred Watson, Anny Cochrane, Shadi Rabi, Perry Barr, Fritz T. Charles, and […]

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Record of Decision and Major Federal Permits Issued to Donlin Gold

by Donlin Gold Staff Today (Aug. 13th, 2018), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued their Record of Decision (ROD) on the proposed Donlin Gold mine […]

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A Taste of Bethel is a food lovers dream

by K.J. Lincoln The second annual Taste of Bethel celebration of foods from different cultures was a hit. The aromas of different culinary dishes filled the air as food lovers flocked to the Yupiit Piciryarait […]

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Calls for service to Bethel PD for summer months

Here is a report of calls made to the Bethel Police Department for the months of May, June, and July this summer. May There were 1,524 calls for service the month of May. This is […]

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Court agrees with State that Salmon Initiative is Unconstitutional

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled today (Aug. 8th) that Ballot Measure 1—also known as the Stand for Salmon initiative—is unconstitutional because it makes an unconstitutional appropriation of state resources. The Court directed the Division of […]

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Supreme Court alters Ballot Measure 1 language

by Yes for Salmon The Alaska Supreme Court today (Aug. 8th, 2018) asked the Lieutenant Governor to remove two sentences from Measure 1 and then put the measure on the November 6 ballot. While the […]

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Change in service for LKSD bus transportation

by Ed Pekar, Director Dear Members of our Bethel Learning Community, This initial communication is to inform you of a change in service for bus transportation. The Lower Kuskokwim Board has authorized the District to […]

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TCC region has new drug detection K9

Naja is the drug detection K9 purchased through generous donations from the tribes within the Tanana Chiefs Conference and from individuals for the Fairbanks Alaska State Troopers Drug Unit. Naja completed training recently and is […]

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Bethel Spirits opens selling only Alaska products

Bethel Spirits store will open July 10, 2018, selling only Alaskan beer and wine in an effort to promote Alaskan products and Alaskan businesses. The store, conveniently located on Front Street, will offer a selection […]

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Yup’ik dolls help teach cultural and traditional lessons

by Nita Yurrliq Rearden Dolls in the Yup’ik culture have been very important for mothers when teaching daughters traditional cultural values. Yup’ik mothers used to direct or ask their daughters to put their traditional dolls […]

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Bethel Search & Rescue has YK Delta’s very first K9 SAR team

by K.J. Lincoln Bethel Search and Rescue (BSAR), the local volunteer organization dedicated to helping save lives by searching for missing persons, now has a 4-legged helper – a St. Bernard named D.O.G. D.O.G. will […]

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Councilman Shabani resigned

The City of Bethel posted a Notice of Vacancy in Office on Thursday, May 10, 2018 due to the resignation of council member Naim Shabani. On May 8, 2018, the Bethel City Council accepted Council […]

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Local Option Petition certified

On Monday April 30, the City Clerk’s Office certified a Local Option Petition contained more than the required 248 qualifying signatures to present the following local option question to the voters: Question 1 Shall the […]

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Pinky’s Park Volunteer Day

by Michelle DeWitt Everyone is invited to Pinky’s Park on Saturday, June 2 for a volunteer day. June 2 is National Trails Day and we can all celebrate by improving Pinky’s Park in preparation for […]

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Bethel small businesses receive $26,000 in rural Alaskan version of ‘Shark Tank’

Eight finalists receive grants to spur economic development in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. The UAF Kuskokwim Campus Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and Best in the West partners are pleased to announce the winners of the […]